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Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Car accidents happen frequently on roads across Kentucky and Indiana and can occur for numerous reasons. In some instances, car accidents result in minor injuries, while others cause serious, life-altering injuries, or even death.

Russell Duty Attorney at Law is committed to helping victims who have sustained injuries as a direct result of another person’s careless actions. We understand that the legal system is complicated and involves various laws that are challenging to comprehend without legal help. For this reason, consulting an experienced, local attorney is an important decision.

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I Make It Fast & Easy

Don’t wait for an insurance adjuster to tell you what your injuries are worth. Call today, and I’ll start reviewing your claim right away.
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You Deserve Compensation

You deserve every dollar you are entitled to for your pain and suffering. Russell Duty can help you fight for your rights.
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No Fee Unless You Win

Russell Duty Attorney at Law works on a contingency-fee basis. This means you don’t have to worry about hidden fees or charges. We don’t get paid unless we win or settle your case.
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We’re Here for You

Russell Duty is committed to serving our community by providing quality legal representation. I understand the devastation a car accident can cause an individual and their family. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you may be dealing with pain, medical expenses, psychological trauma, and other losses that other people just don’t understand. We want you to know you don’t have to do this alone.
Russell Duty and his team are here for you.We will ensure that you are well-informed and comfortable with all proceedings in your case. Russell Duty is available to answer any questions or address any concerns you have during the duration of your case.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident? We Can Help!

Injuries after a vehicle accident are not uncommon and can range from minor to severe, depending on the type of collision. Some of the most common types of injuries include the following:

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI):

Head injuries can cause serious and life-altering damage. If this type of injury is not treated properly, the damage can be significant. Concussions, contusions, and diffuse axonal injuries are just a few examples of the types of brain injuries that can occur in a collision.
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Broken bones:

Fractures are common after a wreck, especially when the body experiences a sudden force.
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Cuts and scrapes:

These types of injuries can be caused by broken glass and loose objects that may move throughout the vehicle during the crash.
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Burns:

Some car accidents can result in flames and even explosions. This can cause first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burns.
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Spinal cord damage:

This type of damage can cause permanent disabilities like paraplegia, tetraplegia, and more.

What Caused Your Accident?

Distracted Driving

Each day, nine people die in the United States as a result of distracted driving, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous because it causes the driver to take their focus off of the roads. Things like eating, texting, or even smoking are an unwelcome distraction on the road that can lead to dangerous situations.

Reckless Driving

Every driver is responsible for operating their vehicle safely on the roadways; however, many do not. Reckless driving can include speeding, running stop signs, and tailgating.

Manufacturing Defects

In some cases, drivers may be oblivious to defects to their vehicles like malfunctioning tires or brakes. These dangerous defects can result in serious accidents.

Wet Roads

Wet road conditions are dangerous for motorists and can cause a driver to hydroplane. Although motorists should slow down when water is on the roads, many do not.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving places the driver in serious danger as well as other motorists on the roadways.

Statute of Limitations in Kentucky

Every state has laws that set strict deadlines for individuals seeking damages caused by the negligent actions of another person. These laws are known as statutes of limitations. For this reason, it’s important to speak with an attorney immediately after the accident.

How a Lawyer Can Defend Your Rights

When you need assistance in fighting for your interest against the threats of insurance companies that are intent on not paying for your injuries or any property damage, Russell Duty can help. Having an experienced car accident lawyer in your corner can work to your advantage. We know how to fight back and put an end to non-payment tactics in order to get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
For example, insurance adjusters might pretend to be your friend, claiming that their initial lowball offer is fair. Additionally, they might try to encourage you into signing off on the offer, telling you Russell Duty Attorney at Law, you don’t have to worry about these common insurance company tactics. We can handle every aspect of your case to ensure that you receive what you deserve

Car Accident Checklist

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Check for Injuries and Call Emergency Responders

Immediately following a wreck, check to see if you or anyone else is injured and call for help.
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Seek Medical Attention

Even if you believe your injuries appear minor, it’s in your best interest to be seen by a medical professional. Waiting, or refusing to seek medical attention, may later have a negative impact on your case.
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Gather Evidence

In order to win a car accident case, it must be proven that the negligent actions of another driver directly caused your injuries. To help your lawyer prove negligence, it’s vital to collect as much evidence as possible. This can include medical bills, lost wages, and photos of your injuries and any property damage.
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Call an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer:

With the legal guidance of an experienced attorney, you can better understand your options. Every vehicle accident is different, so your case must be reviewed to determine the best course of action.
Whether you are able to receive compensation is determined by various factors, such as the severity of your injuries and the amount of time it will take for you to heal. For this reason, the details of your case will need to be evaluated by an attorney who can help calculate a fair amount of compensation for your damages. Most car accident cases are settled before going to court becomes necessary. However, if an agreement cannot be reached between the parties, then filing a lawsuit may be the next step. If your case does go to court, having an experienced attorney on your side will be extremely important. This can be difficult to predict. No car accident case is the same, so the length of time it will take to reach a settlement will depend on the specific circumstances of your accident. While it can be difficult to wait for your case to be settled, Russell Duty Attorney at Law will work diligently to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.

Semi Truck Accidents

Russell Duty Attorney at Law deals with truck-related accidents. Every year hundreds of people lose their lives in truck accidents and many more suffer serious bodily injury. For individuals that incur serious injuries it may take months to recover and they can accrue expensive treatments and medical bills. For more than half of these accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) admits that the truck drivers are at fault. The rest of the accidents are the responsibility of the other drivers involved or third parties.

Accident victims can recover their losses from the party at fault or their insurer. However, they should not attempt it without the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Whether the truck driver is at fault for the accident or a third party, finding proof will not be easy.

What Is The Difference Between A Car Accident And A Truck Accident?

A commercial truck easily weighs over 80,000 pounds. This means a commercial freight truck is almost twenty times heavier than a normal passenger car. Even though truck drivers need to work only 10 hours a day, most of them tend to do overtime for extra cash. Such a driver becomes vulnerable to accidents and a threat to the safety of other drivers using the road network.

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Larger Insurance Policies

Commercial truck insurance is almost fifty times more than regular car accident policies. Truck insurance policies value over millions each year. This is enough to understand why a defense lawyer wants to prove that the truck driver is not responsible for the accident. The lawyer will get in touch with the insurance adjuster and employ various strategies to limit the amount of compensation you get. That’s why you need to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer to walk you through the entire process.
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Increased Property Damage

The weight and size of a commercial freight truck are more than regular vehicles on the road. You should naturally expect bigger damage to the surrounding properties when you are involved in a truck accident.
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Greater Chances Of Death

Just imagine the implications of crashing with an 18-wheel commercial freight truck! There are more chances of death in such accidents compared to 4-wheeler accidents. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states there are 3,000 to 5,000 deaths every year as a result of truck accidents.
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Serious Injuries

Truck accident injuries are usually much more severe compared to car accident injuries. From broken bones to brain and nerve damage, the extent of the injury can be vast and life-altering. If this is the case you should expect extensive medical bills and possibly ongoing therapies and rehabilitation expenses.
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Larger Medical Bills

Truck accident victims will spend more time in the hospital compared to car accident victims. Their injuries are typically more severe and it may take a longer period for these victims to go back to work. That’s why you need to work with an experienced truck accident lawyer. Russell Duty can calculate your compensation based on your current and future medical needs.

Dog Bites

Demanding Compensation After Traumatic Dog Bite Attack

The damage caused by a dog bite can last a victim a lifetime. Disfigurement, scarring, dangerous infections, and lifelong pain can plague dog bite victims, many of whom are young children.

If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, you need an experienced dog bite attorney to help you pursue compensation for medical care, missed time from work, as well as the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have endured. Russell Duty Attorney at Law has more than 30 years of experience securing full and fair compensation for dog bite victims in Kentucky.

Who Should Be Held Responsible for Dog Bite Injuries?
  • Kentucky law indicates that the dog’s owner should be held liable if his or her negligence led to your injury. However, there are various circumstances under which other parties may be held liable. Depending on the circumstances of your case, including:
  • The owner of the dog that bit you
  • The landlord of the property where you were injured
  • A dog sitter or dog walker
  • Kennel owners who were responsible for caring for the dog
If you were bitten by a dog that belongs to a family member, friend, or neighbor, you should know that you will likely be pursuing a claim through their homeowner’s insurance, not filing a dog bite lawsuit against them personally. So you should not hesitate to speak with Russell Duty about your options for seeking the compensation you need to heal properly.

Depending upon the details of your case you may get compensations for:

  • Medical bills, including any treatment you may need in the future related to the bite
  • Lost wages, including reduced earning capacity if you are not able to do the work you did before your injury
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering as a result of the attack
  • Punitive damages, which are awarded in claims involving extreme misconduct

 

If an insurance company has approached you with a dog bite settlement offer, do not agree to anything until you have spoke with Russell Duty Attorney at Law and know your options.

Slip & Falls

A slip and fall injury occurs when a person slips or trips on another party’s premises and sustains an injury as a result. Anything from bruising to broken bones qualifies as a slip and fall injury. The severity of the injury typically does not have a bearing on the importance of a claim; any injury that you sustain through no fault of your own warrants a personal injury claim.

Slip and fall injuries are very common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slip and fall injuries kill more workers on job sites than any other type of accident with the exception highway collisions. Wet or uneven surfaces, large recreational equipment, and tight spaces all have the potential to cause an individual to slip and fall. If you have been the victim of a slip and fall call Russell Duty Attorney at Law today for a free initial consultation.

Boating Accidents

Kentucky is a great place for boating. Our 2064 scenic miles of shoreline provide ample opportunity for fishing and other water sports. Unfortunately, this also brings the potential for boating accidents.

Boating Accidents and Alcohol

Boating accidents are statistically far more likely to involve impaired operators than auto or truck accidents. In fact, according to recent statistics, approximately half of all boating accidents are attributable, at least in part, to alcohol impairment.

Boating accident damages

Most boating accidents do not involve fatalities, but of those that do, drowning is the most likely cause of death. Nearly 90% of drowning victims in boating accidents were not wearing a life vest.

Boating accidents might include situations such as:
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A boat or boats capsizing, sinking, or flooding

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Passengers falling overboard

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Collisions

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Equipment malfunction leading to fires or other damages to the vessel

Boating regulations

The laws and regulations that cover boating can be difficult to understand. That’s why it is so important that you seek the help and experience of Russell Duty Attorney at Law to help you navigate the complex rules to represent your interests. Whether your injuries are the fault of another boat operator, a boat owner, or manufacturer, you deserve competent and capable representation to protect your interests.

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